A typical terrier with the usual long head, large nose and strong jaws. Solidly built but not at all coarse or heavy. The body is longer than the dog is tall.
The History Of The Cesky Terrier
Also known as Bohemian Terrier they originated in Czechoslovakia during the mid 1940's.
The Czechoslovakian geneticist and hunter Frantisek Horak began by crossing Scottish Terriers with Sealyham Terriers to produce a hunting terrier that was lighter in build than the original terrier but still keen to go to ground.
The breed was recognized by the Czech Kennel Club in 1963. Exporting a dog from behind the iron curtain was difficult in the 1970's and the breed remained mostly in its Czechoslovakia. With access now much easier, it is becoming popular and available throughout Europe and America.
Description Of The Cesky Terrier
The tail is of medium length, undocked and carried low. Ears are pendulous, not set too low and are never altered.
Also known as the Bohemian Terrier. It is a short - legged and medium length terrier and looks similar to a Sealyham with its long head, bushy beard, mustache and eyebrows. The body should be solid, but never heavy. It is agile and strong.
The silky coat is wavy and comes in various shades of blue gray with tan, gray, white, yellow or light coffee furnishings. The puppies are born black and their coats lighten up to 2 years later. All colors are permitted with or without white markings. The light coffee color is the rarest. T
The breed averages 10 - 13 inches high at the shoulder and weighs from 13 - 23 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
Non shedding. Unlike most of the other terriers, the coat is clipped, not stripped. Moderate grooming is required and the Cesky should be trimmed regularly, leaving the hair long on the stomach and legs. Also around the face to form the trademark mustache, beard, and eyebrows. Pet dogs will require trimming four times a year and show dogs more frequently.
Their sweet, happy and playful nature makes them great children’s companions. They are intelligent, loyal, obedient, and courageous. Easier to train and handle than many other terriers.
It is important to socialize puppies by allowing them to interact with people and different animals. They love people, particularly children. They still carry the the usual terrier traits of being feisty, stubborn and fearless.
Life Expectancy and Health
A long lived breed with an average life span of around 12 - 15 years.
This is a very hardy breed not prone to any major hereditary diseases.
Occasionally, they have been reported to get Scottie Cramp, which is a minor problem causing awkward movement. It is not painful or life threatening.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
This is a good dog for living in an apartment. They are fairly active indoors and can live happily without a yard. The enjoy a moderate amount of exercise either walking on a lead or running free in the countryside.
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A great family pet which adapts easily to new situations and is not overly aggressive. Gets along well with other pets and children.
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